ABMDR relies on its network to deliver stem cell donations for patient transplants.
Transplant centres (i.e. major public hospitals) provide transplant services for Australian patients. They care for patients, initiate the search for matching donors with ABMDR and perform the transplant.
Collection centres – also public hospitals – collect the blood or marrow stem cells from donors, counsel donors before the collection, and ensure the donor is well before, during and after the collection.
Australian Red Cross Lifeblood is funded by state governments to recruit blood donors onto ABMDR’s registry and conduct blood testing of our donors for the purpose of blood stem cell donations.
Tissue typing laboratories provide HLA typing services on patients and ABMDR’s donors. They provide expert advice to transplant teams on patient/donor matches.
Cord blood banks manage the storage and donation of umbilical cord blood units and operate within a strict Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) regulatory framework.
ABMDR has an extensive network of cooperative relationships with international registries from over 50 countries, to exchange de-identified donor information in an effort to find the best match for every patient.
ABMDR is also a member of the World Marrow Donor Association (WMDA). The WMDA works to ensure high quality blood stem cells are available for patients worldwide and to protect donors across borders.
Maintaining strong international relationships is critical for ABMDR, as around 8 out of 10 Australian patients are dependent on an overseas donor. Internationally, over 38 million people have joined blood stem cell registries and there are over 800,000 cord blood units stored world wide.